LÉVIS, QC, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Desjardins Group (www.desjardins.com) is launching a call for nominations for the Desjardins Entrepreneur
Awards (www.desjardins.com/entrepreneurawards). The 2012 edition of the competition features eight award categories.
"The Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards allow us to recognize and honour
Québec and Ontario individuals and businesses who, day after day, help
build our economy. Once again this year, we are very proud to pay
tribute to the determination, dedication and innovation of
entrepreneurs," said Jean Brosseau, Vice-President, Marketing and
Network Support, Business and Institutional Services.
2012 Desjardins Entrepreneur Award Categories
Woman of Influence Award, given to an outstanding woman of exceptional accomplishments and who
is an inspiring model of success.
Innovation & Productivity Award, which highlights innovative strategies set up by a small or
medium-size business to considerably increase productivity in the long
Agricultural Award recognizes sound management practices and leadership of businesses in
the agricultural sector, in collaboration with Metro, a partner in this
International Commerce Award, sponsored jointly by Export Development Canada, recognizes a business
that stood out thanks to strategies specifically designed for
Co-op Award, presented in partnership with Capital régional et coopératif
Desjardins to a cooperative that stands out for its financial
performance, sound management and outstanding application of the
Sustainable Development Award, given to a business that demonstrates effective management, sound
governance and socially-responsible leadership. Co-presented with Bell.
Young Entrepreneur Awards, in partnership with the Secrétariat à la jeunesse du gouvernement du
Québec, as part of the Défi de l'entrepreneuriat jeunesse, is awarded
to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 35 who demonstrate
exceptional creativity and achievement, along with employment
development. Furthermore, Fondation Desjardins will award a $10,000
prize to the winner of each region (Eastern Quebec, Central Quebec,
Western Quebec and Ontario).
Business Ownership Transfer Award, sponsored jointly by Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche, for a business
that has carried out a business transfer with superior results.
In addition, in partnership with Fasken Martineau, the Business Leadership Award - Major Corporation is back this year to pay homage to a key business leader for his or her
vision and performance. The award's recipient is selected separately by
a Desjardins committee.
A nomination for the Desjardins Entrepreneur Awards is an excellent way
for businesses to raise their visibility and credibility with the
business community and public at large. It also provides major media
exposure offered by Les Affaires.
Nominations will be evaluated by a jury composed of leaders from the
business and academic communities, according to the criteria
established for each category. Finalists will be announced in June.
In partnership with La Coop fédérée and the Fédération de la relève
agricole du Québec, Desjardins is also launching the 2012 edition of
the Fonds coopératif d'aide à la relève agricole (Cooperative Fund for
Future Farmers), Farm Transfer Grant component. This fund helps young
entrepreneurs develop their management reflexes and pursue their goal
of starting up or developing an agricultural business. The six winners
will be announced at the same time as the winners of the Desjardins
Entrepreneur Awards at the Gala to be held at Complexe Desjardins
during Cooperation Week, in October 2012.
Businesses have until March 30, 2012 to enter. To submit a nomination or
learn more about the awards, please contact your Desjardins account
manager or visit the official site: www.desjardins.com/entrepreneurawards.
About Desjardins Group
Desjardins Group www.desjardins.com is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada with assets of
nearly $190 billion. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in
Québec and Ontario, and its subsidiaries across Canada, it offers a
full range of financial products and services to its 5.8 million
members and clients. Desjardins specializes in Wealth Management and
Life and Health Insurance, in Property and Casualty Insurance, in
Personal Services, in Business and Institutional Services. As one of
the largest employers in the country and among Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2012TM, Desjardins is supported by the skills of its 43,600 employees and the
commitment of nearly 6,000 elected officers. A new education and
cooperation program is now available to Desjardins members and the
general public. For more information, visit www.desjardins.com/co-opme.
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